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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout unleashes creativity in her community, earns Gold Award

STAFFORD, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Samantha F. held craft classes over the summer for children in her community to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that you can’t procrastinate, especially on big projects,” says Samantha, a senior at Dulles High School. “I also learned to have lots of patience.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because I felt it was important for kids in my community to have a fun, safe place to do activities in the summer,” explains Samantha.

Samantha held two four-week sessions last summer for elementary school age children and led volunteers in teaching crafts like paper mache, tie dye and stepping stones.

“Samantha learned about planning ahead and being prepared,” says Monica F., Samantha’s mother. “With each class, she was more prepared than the previous class. She also learned that sometimes you have to improvise. When the crafts went short, she had to be ready with other activities.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Samantha has participated in Mariners, GSSJC’s sailing program. At Dulles High School, she is a member of swim team, Student Council, PALs and Academic Excellence. Follow graduation, she plans to attend college to study nursing.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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